This Week: Black Mountain Home tour and more


Black Mountain Home shows off its new West Campus

On Saturday, June 3, Black Mountain Home for Children will show off its West Campus during an open house from 1-4 p.m.

Come explore the newest addition to the ministry and see how the home plans to make the facility the heart of a new apprenticeship program that will provide older youth with the skills they need to get a job and earn a living wage.

During the open house, the Veterans Memorial Terrace will be dedicated at 2:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. West Campus is located opposite the children’s home at 80 Lake Eden Road.

Museum reschedules popular Mount Mitchell trip

The Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center has rescheduled its popular four-wheel-drive caravan up the historic Old Toll Road to Camp Alice on Mountain Mitchell for Saturday, June 3.

Once a major tourist attraction, the Old Toll Road back in the day made the apex of Appalachia accessible for the cost of $1 per person. As many as 150 cars drove the road each day. The Blue Ridge Parkway, which opened in 1939 and provided free access to Mount Mitchell, led to the road’s closure. The museum’s tour will make stops for historical presentations. The cost is $75 for museum members and $100 for nonmembers (snacks and lunch are provided). Drivers with high-clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles who will carry three passengers can attend for free. Meet at Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E. State St., Black Mountain.

Preregistration is required. Call 669-9566 or email

Celebrate Recovery starts

groups for veterans

Celebrate Recovery features inspiring teaching and testimonies of God’s healing power over hurts, habits and hang-ups. “Welcome Home Veterans” is a special, new open-share small group for men led by a veteran for veterans. Beginning and advanced Celebrate Recovery 12-step-studies are ongoing.

Celebrate Recovery meets every Tuesday evening (except June 27) at Mountain View Church, 2221 North Fork Right Fork Road, Black Mountain. Meetings begin at 6:15 p.m. with a free meal. Free child care is available. For more, contact Connie at 669-1981 or Jeanie at 669-4146.

And coming up ...

Museum book club meets

again next week

Throughout this year, the Swannanoa Valley Museum Book Club is reading titles that span fiction, nonfiction, poetry and prose that are related to local interest, history and Appalachian heritage and culture. During the next meeting Friday, June 9, participants will be reading Wiley Cash's novel, “A Land More Kind Than Home.” The book club meets at the Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W. State St., Black Mountain, at 11:30 a.m. It’s free; bring along a bag lunch and join other history and literature enthusiasts to discuss themes, opinions and more. For more, contact 669-9566 or volunteer@swannanoavalley

Youth choir performance

helps homeless housing

One Voice, a high school youth choir from Christ Church United Methodist in Louisville, Kentucky,and the High School Handbell Ringers will hold a concert on Tuesday, June 13, at 7 p.m. at Black Mountain United Methodist Church. A love offering will be taken to support Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry’s “Plans to Give Hope and a Future” capital campaign, which will build housing for the valley’s homeless children and their mothers.